Christie Lites UK solution for Cisco expo
Wednesday, 6 March 2019
christie-litesciscolive2019partyChristie Lites UK supplied more than 800 lighting fixtures (© Ebsworth Photo)
Spain - The Cisco Live EMEA customer conference landed in Barcelona in January for a week of discussions, education and debate. Visited by 16,000 people each year, the 2019 event was once again organised by marketing agency George P. Johnson (GPJ) alongside the Cisco Live team.
Highlights included keynote speeches from leading IT pioneers and among the many super-sized elements of the event were the lighting solutions for the Keynote space and the Customer Appreciation Event (CAE) area.
Christie Lites UK was chosen to deliver a full lighting solution, including fixtures and crew for both the Keynote space and the CAE area, which took place in the striking Gran Via Convention Centre in Barcelona - one of the largest and most modern venues in Europe.
GPJ’s technical director, Mark Bannister, oversaw the realisation of the project, along with GPJ production managers John Carrs for the Keynote area, and Emma Reynolds for the CAE area.
“This was a huge project involving the specification, delivery and operation of more than 800 lighting fixtures spread over the two areas,” says Christie Lites’ UK account rep, Andy Strachan. “It’s the second year that Christie Lites UK has delivered this project and we’re thrilled to have another opportunity to work with Mark Bannister and his talented and professional GPJ technical team.
“Christie Lites provides measurably higher value through consistent focus and committed relationships, and this is what sets us apart: reliability and trust. The client simply knows it will be taken care of. Plus, of course, we supply the latest models of quality, branded fixtures.”
The majority of the supplied lights were the latest models from Martin Professional and GLP.
Mark Bannister comments: “Building on the excellent relationship that our US colleagues have enjoyed with Christie North America in the past, it was great to continue this with Andy and the UK team. The crew that they put together to support our Keynote lighting designer, Paul Cook, was top class. The equipment was well prepped and the install went seamlessly - buying us additional time to focus and programme a demanding show for 6,000 delegates seated in the round. I look forward to working with Christie on this project again next year.”
Designer Paul Cook delivered the lighting for the Keynote area, with Francis Clegg drafted in by Emma Reynolds to design the lighting for the CAE area.
Emma Reynolds comments: “Having recently worked with Christie Lites on other large projects I knew they’d be the perfect lighting supplier to help bring the Cisco CAE production values to the next level in 2019. It’s always a very enjoyable experience working with Andy Strachan, his account handling skills are first class and his team worked seamlessly with our direct CAE lighting team - designer and lighting crew chief - and the other tech suppliers to deliver a really impressive show.”
The week of events culminated in an end-of-show party within the CAE area, where more Christie Lites fixtures helped work up a fitting finale.
(Jim Evans)

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